Big haul for Herald at Canon Media Awards

New Zealand Herald's team of award-winning photographers and journalists at the Canon Media Awards. Photo / Greg Bowker
New Zealand Herald's team of award-winning photographers and journalists at the Canon Media Awards. Photo / Greg Bowker

The New Zealand Herald has won 16 awards at the annual Canon Media Awards tonight, including Best Breaking News for nzherald.co.nz.

The Weekend Herald was named the best weekly newspaper in New Zealand, while Herald titles and journalists scooped many of the top prizes.

The Herald won 16 awards in total, the most of any publication, and in a range of disciplines across print and digital.

This website, nzherald.co.nz, was honoured with best digital coverage of a breaking news story - the Cook Strait earthquake in July. The judges said the Herald's online coverage provided a "real sense of urgency with a great live stream presented, and posts coming thick and fast. Excellent graphics helped tell the story not just online but on tablet and mobile."

The Herald's glamorous new tablet App for Viva won the award for best innovation. The judges said it was "a well-executive app that plays to the strengths of the content and which has already received positive reviews from readers."

Weekly entertainment liftout TimeOut won best newspaper magazine and
the daily compact New Zealand Herald won the award for Best Design. And APN - publisher of the Herald - claimed a third straight regional newspaper of the year title, with the Northern Advocate taking top prize.

The Dominion Post was named best daily newspaper (over 30,000), a category for which the Herald was a finalist, and took out the overall newspaper of the year award. Dominion Post political reporter Andrea Vance was named reporter of the year, and won the Wolfson scholarship to Cambridge.

Judges said the Weekend Herald "embraces the challenge of delivering
surprise and delight to its readers. It has the courage to throw out the rule book of how news should be presented and it sets itself apart from the standard news digest by putting the stories it wants to tell on the agenda. It is a thoroughly modern newspaper.''

The winning entries included exclusive front-page reports on the Arthur Allan
Thomas case and Auckland mayoral candidate John Palino's carpark meeting with Len Brown's former mistress; the naming of Eleanor Catton, Lydia Ko and Lorde as the New Zealanders of the Year and a special commemorative edition marking the death of Nelson Mandela.

The Herald's success, winning almost one-third of all awards on offer for newspapers and digital channels, also saw Richard Robinson declared Press Photographer of the Year and Rod Emmerson named Cartoonist of the Year for the fourth time. Anna Crichton won Best Artist.

Judge Matt Straker of The Guardian in London said the daily NZ Herald won the design award by a considerable margin. "No other entry is as compelling nor as vital. From the celebratory covers of the paper's 150th to the features covers, spread and information graphics, the paper is bursting with life. There's a strong sense you're in good hands, a sense you'll be guided to great content with clarity and confidence. It also looks like a lot of fun.''

The Herald also won a new award, best brand campaign, for its work around the 150th birthday celebrations.

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Our head of sport, Dylan Cleaver, was named sports reporter of the year, for his world exclusive on match-fixing allegations swirling around three former New Zealand cricketers.

Other journalists honoured included Anna Leask (best crime reporter), David Fisher (best health and education reporter and best crime feature writer), Phil Taylor (best sports feature writer), Linda Herrick (best arts feature writer), and Brett Phibbs (best photo essay/slideshow). Sam Boyer, formerly of The Dominion Post but now with the Herald, was named best junior reporter.

Cameron Slater's Whaleoil website won best blog, stuff.co.nz won best online news site and Yahoo NZ won best website.

APN awards:


ONLINE

Best Digital Breaking News Coverage
Cook Strait earthquake - The New Zealand Herald

Best Innovation in New Technologies
The New Zealand Herald - Viva app

NEWSPAPERS

Weekly Newspaper of the Year
Weekend Herald

Newspaper of the Year (up to 30,000 circulation)
Northern Advocate

Best Newspaper Design
The New Zealand Herald

Best Newspaper Inserted Magazine
Time Out - The New Zealand Herald

Newspaper Feature Writer Crime and Justice
David Fisher -The New Zealand Herald

Reporter Crime and Justice
Anna Leask - The New Zealand Herald

Reporter Health and Education
David Fisher - The New Zealand Herald

Newspaper Feature Writer Sport
Phil Taylor -The New Zealand Herald

Reporter Sport
Dylan Cleaver -The New Zealand Herald

Newspaper Feature Writer Arts and Entertainment
Linda Herrick -The New Zealand Herald

Press Photographer of the Year
Richard Robinson - The New Zealand Herald

Best Photo Essay or Slideshow
Brett Phibbs - The New Zealand Herald

Best Artwork
Anna Crichton - The New Zealand Herald

Cartoonist of the Year
Rod Emmerson - The New Zealand Herald

Best Brand Campaign
The New Zealand Herald - 150th birthday

FULL LIST OF CANON MEDIA AWARD WINNERS:

Photography
Press Photographer of the Year
Richard Robinson - The New Zealand Herald

Junior Press Photographer of the Year
Alden Williams - The Nelson Mail

Best News Picture
Craig Simcox - The Dominion Post

Best Sports Picture
Iain McGregor - The Press

Best Portrait
Hannah Johnston - Getty

Best Feature Photo
Stephen Parker - Rotorua Daily Post

Best Photo Essay/Slideshow
Brett Phibbs - The New Zealand Herald

Online

Best Digital Breaking News Coverage
nzherald.co.nz

Best Innovation in Multimedia Storytelling
Stuff.co.nz - Lost in the Long White Cloud

Best Innovation in New Technologies
Viva - The New Zealand Herald

Best Digital Community Interaction
The Wellington Report - The Dominion Post

Best Video
Mike Scott - Waikato Times/stuff.co.nz

Best Blog
Cameron Slater - Whale Oil

Best News site
stuff.co.nz

Best Website
Yahoo NZ

Magazines

Best Newsstand Magazine
Metro

Best Trade/Professional Magazine
New Zealand Doctor

Best Magazine Design
Taste

Best Magazine Cover
HOME

Magazine Feature Writer of the Year
Steve Braunias - Metro

Magazine Feature Writer Business and Politics
Rebecca Macfie - NZ Listener

Magazine Feature Writer Crime and Justice
Steve Braunias - Metro

Magazine Feature Writer Health and Education
Catherine Woulfe - NZ Listener

Magazine Feature Writer Science and Environment
Mike White - North & South

Magazine Feature Writer Arts and Entertainment
Duncan Greive - Metro

Magazine Feature Writer Sport
Duncan Greive - Metro

Magazine Feature Writer General
Amanda Cropp - North & South

Newspapers

Canon Newspaper of the Year
The Dominion Post

Newspaper of the Year (plus 30,000 circulation)
The Dominion Post

Newspaper of the Year (up to 30,000 circulation)
Northern Advocate

Weekly Newspaper of the Year
Weekend Herald

Community Newspaper of the Year
North Shore Times

Best Newspaper Design
The New Zealand Herald

Best Newspaper Inserted Magazine
Time Out - The New Zealand Herald

Reporter of the Year
Andrea Vance - Fairfax political bureau

Junior Reporter of the Year
Sam Boyer - The Dominion Post

Regional/Community Reporter of the Year
Sandra Conchie - Bay of Plenty Times

Reporter Politics
Andrea Vance - Fairfax political bureau

Reporter Business
Duncan Bridgeman - National Business Review

Reporter Crime and Justice
Anna Leask - The New Zealand Herald

Reporter Health and Education
David Fisher - The New Zealand Herald

Reporter Science and Environment
Marty Sharpe - The Dominion Post

Reporter Arts and Entertainment
Michelle Robinson - Sunday Star-Times

Reporter Sport
Dylan Cleaver - The New Zealand Herald

Reporter General
Tony Wall - Sunday Star-Times

Newspaper Feature Writer of the Year
Tony Wall - Sunday Star-Times

Junior Newspaper Feature Writer of the Year
Jeremy Olds - New Zealand Doctor

Regional/Community Newspaper Feature Writer of the Year
Helen Harvey - Taranaki Daily News

Newspaper Feature Writer Business and Politics
John McCrone - The Press

Newspaper Feature Writer Crime and Justice
David Fisher - The New Zealand Herald

Newspaper Feature Writer Health and Education
Adam Dudding - Sunday Star-Times

Newspaper Feature Writer Science and Environment
John McCrone - The Press

Newspaper Feature Writer Arts and Entertainment
Linda Herrick - The New Zealand Herald

Newspaper Feature Writer Sport
Phil Taylor - The New Zealand Herald

Newspaper Feature Writer General
Matt Rilkoff - Taranaki Daily News

General
Best Brand Campaign
The New Zealand Herald

Best Investigation
Kirsty Johnston - Sunday Star-Times

Student Journalist of the Year
Susan Strongman - Taranaki Daily News

Best Artwork
Anna Crichton - The New Zealand Herald

Cartoonist of the Year
Rod Emmerson - The New Zealand Herald

Best Columnist - humour/satire
Steve Braunias - Sunday Star-Times

Best Columnist - general
Jane Clifton - NZ Listener

Columnist of the Year
Jane Clifton - NZ Listener

Editorial Writer of the Year
Jane Clifton - NZ Listener

Best Headline
Jo Knight - Sunday Magazine, Sunday Star-Times

Reviewer of the Year
Chris Barton - Metro

Wolfson Fellow 2014
Andrea Vance - Fairfax political bureau

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